Complete Broadcast Day
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WJSV Complete Broadcast Day On September 21, 1939, radio station WJSV in Washington, D.C.
transcribed an entire day of broadcasting. If you are curious as to what radio was actually
like in those days, there is no better way than by listening to these MP3 files.
This is 19 hours of audio on one CD, in the form of MP3 files.
Here is the itinerary of the broadcast:
6:30 Sundial with Arthur Godfrey (music)
8:30 Certified Magic Carpet (quiz show)
8:45 Bachelor's Children (soap)
9:00 Pretty Kitty Kelly (soap)
9:15 The Story of Myrt & Marge (soap)
9:30 Hilltop House (soap)
9:45 Stepmother (soap)
10:00 Mary Lee Taylor (soap)
10:15 Brenda Curtis (soap, featuring Agnes Moorehead)
10:30 Big Sister (soap)
10:45 Aunt Jenny's True Life Stories (soap that Bob & Ray loved to parody)
11:00 Jean Abbey (news for women)
11:15 When a Girl Marries (soap)
11:30 The Romance of Helen Trent (soap)
11:45 Our Gal Sunday (soap)
12:00 The Goldbergs (comedy)
12:15 Life Can Be Beautiful (soap)
12:30 Road of Life (soap)
12:45 This Day Is Ours (soap)
1:00 Sunshine Report (news)
1:15 The Life & Love of Dr. Susan (soap)
1:30 Your Family and Mine (soap)
2:00 President Roosevelt's Address to Congress (speech)
2:40 Premier Edouard Daladier
3:00 Address Commentary (news)
3:15 The Career of Alice Blair (soap)
3:30 News (news)
3:42 Rhythm & Romance
3:45 Scattergood Baines
4:00 Baseball: Cleveland Indians at Washington Senators (sports)
5:15 The World Dances (music)
5:30 News (news)
5:45 Sports News (news)
6:00 Amos and Andy (comedy)
6:15 The Parker Family (comedy)
6:30 Joe E. Brown (comedy)
7:00 Ask-It Basket (quiz)
7:30 Strange as it Seems (true stories)
8:00 Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour (variety)
9:00 The Columbia Workshop - "Now It's Summer" (drama)
9:30 Americans at Work (true stories)
10:00 News (news)
10:15 Music (music)
10:30 Albert Warner (news)
11:30 Teddy Powell Band (music)
12:00 Louis Prima Orchestra (music)
12:30 Bob Chester Orchestra (music
WJSV's humble beginning...
WJSV's call letters once belonged to another radio station that went on the air in 1928. The original WJSV was located in Mt Vernon Hills,Virginia (and in conflicting data Alexandria, or Washington DC) on the dial at 1460 AM (FM broadcast wasn't viable until 1946). According to legend the folks in the original broadcast area believed the call letters were an acronym that stood for "Jesus Saves Virginia" but actually stood for James S. Vance (general manager of the Fellowship Forum--). In the early '40s, the station became WTOP. Even though many stations call letters were assigned by the government you'll find a many stations used slogan acronyms to determine these.
Harry C. Butcher (1910-59), who was a Naval Aide to President Dwight Eisenhower, was Manager of radio station WJSV (later WTOP) in Washington D.C. from 1932-1934 and Vice President in charge of WJSV from 1934-1942 . WJSV was a CBS affiliate and in 1939 recorded its entire broadcast day (no small feat in the pre-audio tape era).
- 2006-07-20 05:42:30
Subject: I was almost 8 months old on this date
Subject: Better Source
Subject: Amazing Media History
Subject: Those 1930s Folks!
Subject: Very interesting!
Subject: A Snapshot of the Past
Subject: complete broadcast day
Subject: Thank-you to all who made these hours of listening possible.
I was born almost 40 years after this day, but the atmosphere these recordings generate to anyone sympathetic to the period is overwhelming and humbling.
Subject: Complete Broadcast Daly
Subject: Another source, with marked segments
For instance, the note on the 8 a.m. news cast says: "The Arrow News Show delivers up-to-date news and is brought to you by Arrow Beer of Baltimore. Today you will hear the latest on the European War and Roosevelt's attempts to repeal the Neutrality Act. After the news, enjoy local chatter featuring birthdays, some musical numbers, and of course, lots of commercials."
I saw a reviewer mention that the Wizard of Oz song "You're Out Of The Woods" played in here, but I haven't been able to find where it plays, only heard "In the Merry Old Land Of Oz". Anyone mind elaborating on what part "You're Out of the Woods" plays?
Thanks again for posting this wonderful collection!
Subject: happy 70th anniversary!
Subject: nice discovery
They played the collection over a three week period skipping some of the show.
It's nice to be able to download the entire broadcast day to ad to my private old time radio collection.
Subject: Its an honour to hear this
PS: In answe to 'uncleroy' the number is called 'Stardust' not sure of the artist except to say that the Glenn Miller orchestra and most of the other bands did versions of it, often at quite different tempos. Certainly a great little ditty and one that totally reflects the era. Its almost spooky to think that people actually listened to the early broadcast as they shaved for work or got the youngsters ready for breakfast with cornflakes or maybe wheetos.
For all our technology and advances in medicine I believe people in the first half of the 20th century lived in a much better era.
Subject: An absolute treasure!
Thank you, 1,000 times, Thank YOU!
Subject: A Great Slice of History
Subject: A Gem
The music shows are good, the soaps have not improved with time, news is an insight to what we know now and the comedy is timeless.
Download enjoy and be humbled.
Subject: This is great!
To the person who asked about other reccordings like this...this one, and the D-Day one, are the only ones I have ever heard of, as far as being complete day...but, there are a lot of original broadcasts from stations...that last an hour or 2...you can find them by looking for "radio airchecks"...on the web...
Question...does anyone know what the song at 9 minutes after 6am, is called on this reccording...it's a big band swing tune...love to know what it is...
And thanks for uploading this wonderful selection...
Subject: This would be great for any DC History class!
For the OTR fan in me, it is just incredible to listen how a typical day of radio was at that time!
Subject: I love this!
I also heard the original version of Mammy's Little Baby Loves Shortnin Bread.(It would not be PC to play it these days)
When you listen to this, you are transported back in time. It is a great trip. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.
Subject: Wow, this is impressive.
Subject: One of the most AMAZING RADIO DOCUMENTATIONS ever!
Besides the D-day one, does anybody know if any others like this exist?
shows sponsored by a defunct Baltimore brewery, a rendition of "You're Out of the Woods" from Wizard of OZ, cheesy daytime programming cutting away to news reports about WW2 starting up.
Subject: An audio time capsule
Subject: corrected program name
Subject: September 21, 1939 On Demand
Nor is the larger world neglected. We hear news throughout the day of the war that broke out in Europe earlier in the month, and there are reports on such topics as the stock market and the cost of foodstuffs nationally. We hear music from artists who are popular throughout the country such as Horace Heidt, Bing Crosby and Artie Shaw. And there are plenty of network shows, including almost twenty soap operas, Amos 'n' Andy, and Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour.
This fabulous relic of a bygone era would be one of the brightest gems in any old-time radio collection.
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